Dear Newbies, Welcome to Rum Ration. This is an unofficial site in relation to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. If you are looking to join either, this site may assist. Remember, any advice should be checked at your local AFCO. On this site are two chaps who work at an AFCO (Ninja_Stoker & Supermario) and one serving Naval Doctor (Angry Doc). They are more than willing to assist you but please, THINK BEFORE YOU POST. An example of a good first post is listed below; Pay careful attention to the bold bits. This site has a search function. Think of what you want to ask and type your question into this function. Chances are, someone has already asked it so Bob's your mothers brother. Here is now an example of a BAD first post; A post like that will just spurn a thread of abuse. Think before you ask. I don't usually lurk here so you are safe, unless a really bone question is asked. If you want a hammering, pop over to Diamond Lil's. There are plenty of people there who will grant your wish. If the above is too difficult to understand, piss off and join the RAF. Good luck with your chosen careers.